Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Barry Trotz reached an impressive personal milestone. After Washington’s 4-1 throttling of the New York Rangers, the Capitals head coach became the sixth bench boss of all-time to reach the 700-win plateau.
Four of those six coaches have won Stanley Cups.
The 2016-17 season is Trotz’s 18th season coaching in the NHL. Trotz spent his first 15 seasons with the expansion Nashville Predators, posting 557 wins in 1,196 games. While Trotz has never advanced past the second round of the playoffs, he appears destined to win his second-consecutive President’s Trophy with the Capitals. Since, 1985–86 only five teams have pulled off that feat.
Trotz has won 50 games twice as a head coach (51 in 2006-07 and 56 in 2015–16). Trotz won the Jack Adams Trophy last season as the league’s best coach.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 1, 2017
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